* Posts by Oneman2Many

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JAXA's Akatsuki probe goes silent after more than a decade studying Venus


Hopefully once SpaceX have some Artemis experience under their belt then Dear Moon will still happen. And Polaris III is supposed to be on Starship.

Boeing's Starliner finds yet another way to not reach space


Part of the issue with SLC-41 is that cadence is very low so you have equipment sitting around for long periods not doing much.

Now if they had a higher launch cadence then then equipment get used and tested more frequently.


Re: What was the fault?

Ground equipment at SLC-41 is a mixture of ULA and Space Force.

4 more years! Intelsat, Northrop Grumman extend satellite servicing contract


The following items have been performed on Hubble service missions, Clearly gyroscope replacement is feasible but nobody is saying it would be easy for a robot to do and lot of development still required,

The service mission meant astronauts hanging off the Canada arm and was incrediably difficult. There is a review of the last mission here. there is a point where they had to remove over 100 screws to get access. as luck whould have it they stripped the head of one of the screws holding on a hand rail. Solution with rip off the hand rail.


BTW, Space Force have cooled off on the idea of on orbit space servicing and refueling. I am guessing with improved payload capacity, reduced lanch cost and increased frequency its easier to replace than repair. just like consumer electronics, lol Why try a difficult refuelling mission when you easily launch with extra propellant in the first place.

Service mission 1,

COSTAR, Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement installed, replacing High Speed Photometer (HSP)

Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) replaced Wide Field Planetary Camera (WFPC)

Solar Arrays replaced with Solar Arrays 2 (SA2)

Replacement of #1 Solar Array Drive Electronics (SADE)

Replace the #2 and #3 Rate Sensor Unit (two gyros each)

Replacement of two Gyro Electronic Control Units, which direct the RSUs

Replacement of eight electrical fuses

Installation of two new magnetometers

Installation of Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph Redundancy (GHRS) kit

Installation of two protective covers over original magnetometers

Service mission 2

A refurbished Fine Guidance Sensor — one of three essential instruments used to provide pointing information for the spacecraft, to keep it pointing on target, and to calculate celestial distances

A Solid State Recorder (SSR) to replace one of Hubble’s data recorders (an SSR is more flexible and can store 10 times more data)

A refurbished, spare Reaction Wheel Assembly — part of the Pointing Control Subsystem

Service mission 3

Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) replaced Faint Object Spectrometer (FOS)

Near Infrared Camera/Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) replaced Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph (GHRS)

Replacement of Fine Guidance Sensor #1 with modified spare with added capability for ground-controlled alignment corrections

Addition of an Optical Control Electronics Enhancement Kit (OCE-EK)

Replacement of #1 Engineering Science Tape Recorder (ESTR) with digital Solid State Recorder (SSR) and replacement of #2 ESTR with a spare ESTR unit

Replacement #1 of 4 Reaction Wheel Assemblies (RWA), with refurbished spare

Replacement of Data Interface Unit (DIU) #2 with modified and upgraded spare unit

Replacement of #2 Solar Array Drive Electronics (SADE) with refurbished unit

Replacement of more durable covers on Magnetic Sensing System (MSS)

Service Mission 3A

Replacement of all three Rate Sensing Units (RSUs), each of which contains two gyroscopes

Installation of new computer, 20 times faster with six times more memory than its predecessor

Replacement of original reel-to-reel data recorder with digital Solid State Recorder (SSR) which is faster, more reliable and can store 10 times as much data

Replacement of #2 of 3 Fine Guidance Sensors (FGS) with refurbished unit

Replacement of failed #2 of 2 S-Band Single Access Transmitter (SSAT) used to relay data to the ground

Installation six Voltage/Temperature Improvement Kits (VIKs) on wiring between Solar Arrays and each battery to control charging of Hubble's batteries

Installation of Shell/Shield Replacement Fabric (SSRF) over the original Multi-Layer Insulation on Hubble’s forward shell and light shield to add thermal protection

Installation of Handrail Covers around the handrails above the Fine Guidance Sensor bay to prevent possible contamination to the Aft Shroud area from flaking handrail paint

Fit New Outer Blanket Layers (NOBLs) on equipment Bay 1

Service Mission 3B

Installation of Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), replacing the Faint Object Camera (FOC)

Installation of NICMOS Cooling System (NCS) comprised of two components, the NICMOS Cryogenic Cooler (NCC) and the NCS radiator, to revive the NICMOS instrument

Replace Solar Arrays 2 (SA2) with smaller, more efficient Solar Arrays 3 (SA3)

Replace the #2 of three Rate Sensor Units (each RSU contains two gyros)

Replace #1 of four Reaction Wheel Assemblies (RWA), part of Hubble’s pointing control system, with a refurbished unit

Replace Power Control Unit (PCU) to take full advantage of additional power generated by the new solar arrays

Fit New Outer Blanket Layers (NOBLs) on Bays 1, 9 and 10

Service Mission 4

Replace Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) with Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3)

Remove the Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement (COSTAR) and install the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) in its place

Repair the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS)

Repair the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS)

Replace gyroscopes

Replace one Fine Guidance Sensor (FGS)

Replace batteries

Install New Outer Blanket Layers (NOBL) on bays 5, 7 and 8

Install Soft Capture Mechanism (SCM)

Replace Science Instrument Control and Data Handling (SIC&DH) unit

BepiColombo power struggle could leave probe short of Mercury's orbit


Those solar-electric ion thrusters were made in the UK by Qinetiq. However the problem doesn't appear to be with the thrusters, rather the power supply to them.

Texan construction workers put a rocket up Team SpaceX over 'unpaid bills'


Depends on your products and market. For automotive there aren't many customers and so manufactures know its a limited market that isn't so easy to turn customers away. I've seen small suppliers go bust and to be honest most enterprises have an approved list of suppliers that they will have done due diligence on including financial stability. its why many of these smaller suppliers are supplying through a 3rd party which makes recovering money even harder.

As for reputation, everyone in the industry knows what the score is, its all about cash flow.


Pretty much all large companies are like this, squeeze suppliers till they go bust. Contract terms can be anything up to 180 days and they know the smaller supplier won't come after them as they are too afraid to lose business so they pay them last minute. At more than one company HQ I've seen bailiffs turn up over unpaid bills.

Hubble Space Telescope hasn't had any visitors for 15 years


This video shows how hard it is to service Hubble. Its widely been published that Jared Isaacman is proposing using one of the Polaris mission to service hubble using Dragon capsule. Polaris 2 due to launch next month has a very basic EVA planned so at least they will have a better idea of what is going to be possible. Their planned EVA is 2 hours which is a fraction of what will be needed for a hubble mission. The suit only has mobility in arms, not waist or legs so there is likely more development needed there. Who knows but as Jared says, if nothing else gets approved then what have they got to lose ?



Re: Not just the ailing components

They aren't taking about using a Falcon to do a retrieve mission. There is a rocket under development with a planned higher return payload capacity then shuttle had both for mass and volume.

The HST solar panels aren't designed to be folded away but I'm sure they can come up with a solutiom.

Rivian crawls out covered in $1.5B of red ink, panting that it's still alive


Depends which market they are aiming for. They have enough customers if the could actually build the trucks within budget.

Clock is ticking for NASA to fix bucket of issues before next Artemis mission


While there are some valid points, the video does point out it doesn't have access to a lot of information. I expect there are parts where they aee further along that published and parts they are behind.

Musk axes two more senior Tesla leaders, guts public policy team – report


Re: After Tesla, SpaceX

Not sure who is signing off Polaris Dawn. The launch vehicle (F9) is human rate and dragon capsule is as well but they are making quite a big change and don't know about the suits that will be used for EVA which apparently a development of the existing suits they wear for launch & return. For NASA missions they would have certified them.


Re: After Tesla, SpaceX

That is why you have multiple options, Dragon, Starliner and Dreamchaser has a private contract.

And whiles the systems are privately developed they all have NASA oversight.

You know that Shuttle was privately developed and manufactured but operated by NASA. Stuttle was rockwell, RS-25 areojet rocketdyne, srb was Thiokol, etc

Oh and NASA has been working on their own human rated system, how is that working out for them.

Some smart meters won't be smart at all once 2/3G networks mothballed


Re: Replaceable modems

OFGEM state that smart meter are physically inspected every 5 years, would be a good opportunity to upgrade them.


Re: Time of Use tariffs

You'll be saving money even if you.carry on your current usage patterns unless you.have.some weird usage patterns. There is the opportunity to save more by changing usage patterns if you want to.


Re: Alternatively...

Not correct, I'm being billed (and being paid export) via reading sent by my home mini device right now.


Re: Alternatively...

The home mini is free, up to you if you want one or not, doesn't do anything aside from offering more granular reporting.


Re: So, smart meter joy is continuing

Yes i know what a genny is and how it works but it should be on a clearly labelled isolator that can disconnect from grid feed.

Next you will be commenting on bi-directional ev chargers.


Re: So, smart meter joy is continuing

It not unusual to have 2 invertors, I have 2 myself due to having an older system on the original FIT and expanded it with a second hybrid invertor, more higher density panels, battery and EV charger. The installer had no issues swapping the meter. Everything is on isolation switches and clearly labelled, not hard to do.


Re: Mesh

Meters are already mesh capable. And why would spend billions on new infrastructure when one already exists ? If 2g was good enough for emergency services, its fine for smart meters

4g isn't going anywhere, Vodafone picked up a 15 year contract to connect smart meters last year.


And finally they don't need the bandwidth of 4g, its what is available.


Re: So, smart meter joy is continuing

To be honest, wouldn't consider it much different than having a battery in addition to an Inverter.


Octopus home mini links your smart meter to your internet connection for reporting. However it won't work for all customers with poor signal to the meter or those with no internet and yes there are those with no internet.


Re: So, smart meter joy is continuing

You would think they can read the dual feed warning stickers put on the grid supply by PV installers.

Its not like it's a unique install, there are over a million PV installs in the UK.

Beijing plans at least three new rockets – maybe reusables too


No mention of Landspace who have already conducted hopper tests ?

FAA gives SpaceX a bunch of homework to do before Starship flies again


My issues is that effectly SpaceX are self-certifying the clearance. I don't have any knowledge of what the behind the scenes discussions are but SpaceX and FAA have said many times that they are continously in contact so I doubt the publish report is the first itteration of it. How many times did FAA push back and get SpaceX to make changes ?


FAA didn't come up with. That is what SpaceX told the FAA what they plan to do There will be more details that SpaceX will have given to FAA.


As per last time, FAA didn't write the report or really have any input. The report is spacex reporting on issues they found and will correct and I suspect most of have already been implemented as there are things like design changes which would take months to implement (or years if you are Boeing). All the FAA are doing is agreeing with SpaceX findings. I can understand why is works this way as SpaceX are the SME on Starship so will know the most about what happened and how to prevent it in future but it does seem to make FAA rather toothless.

Ukraine claims Russian military is using Starlink


Who is telling SpaceX where the frontline is and where it should and shouldn't work ?

As for the terminals, apparently supplied via UAE but mostly likely that is BS.

Raspberry Pi Pico cracks BitLocker in under a minute


Re: Hmm ...

VeraCrypt doesn't support Active Directory, AFIAK it doesn't offer any support for central key storage or passwords. Probably a major requirement for most enterprises.


I suspect as well that you can access TPM even with it integrated but you are looking at some pretty specialist tools. Looks at what they managed to do with the locked iPhone from the US terrorist.


Re: A brilliant testament to analysis

This isn't a logon PIN, this is a bitlocker PIN which is different and I suspect no organisations have it switch on.


Re: A brilliant testament to analysis

You don't need GPO setting to show the option but yes the user will need to be a local admin which they aren't on most enterprise workstations.


It does need access to the LPC connector, the laptop used had the lanes exposed on a unused connector, other laptops may need chip to be de-soldered to gain access which to do be honest isn't going to stop a determined and semi-skilled bad actor.

It also needs a discrete TPM chip, which has been integrated with CPU since 6th gen on Intel back in 2015 (wonder why a 10 year old laptop was used ?).

Finally if you are worried then you can create a Bitlocker PIN which stops the attack however I suspect the majority of users don't do that.

Suffice to say that it goes to show that if somebody gains physical access to your device then it will be vulnerable.

Rocket Lab is a David among Goliaths in the space race


Re: Which rocket?

Not sure what your point is ?

Booster and Starship both exploded over the Gulf, not part of any national park. Stage 0 did rain debries down in national park but it wasn't the rocket.

I expect more from Peter Beck, he's had great interviews with Tim Dodd and NSF amongst other. He seems like a nice guy and obviously passionate about his company and rockets in general so I wasn't expected snidey remarks from him especially ones that are facturally incorrect.

Musk claims that venting liquid oxygen caused Starship explosion


Re: Prudent

Who says it won't be pushed out, HLS is only one of many issues that is holding the program up. SLS, Spacesuits, Orion capsule and I'm sure many others.

I assume you were joking about 'NASA had a chat with second place finisher' ? The major partner of that bid has left the consortium, I assume having lost the original competition there has been zero further development unlike SpaceX which would have carried on regardless of winning the contract on not. The contract awarded for 2nd lander is for 2028, it very unlikely they can pull ahead to any time sooner and I'm not even holding my breath about them making the 2028 schedule being a multi company partnership which historically has been a recipe for delays especially taking into account the members involved. So not sure where you get the idea that its some sort of race ?

I am not sure where you think Astrobotic recent lunar attempt comes into it. Its great the work they are doing but human flight is on a different scale to their plans. Assuming they leave the launch services to an established player (SLS, Starship, mayby New Glen) the lander part is billions of dollars to develop and with 2 human rated systems under development is there space for a 3rd player ?

As for Dreamchaser, I am guessing you are confused by its scope and where it would fit into Artimes program. Right now its being developed for cargo. They do have a contract (manybe ?) and potentially funding to provide crew transport services to LEO for Blue Reef so no trips to the moon. According to this site the first flight doesn't even had a date but won't be before 2029,



Re: Prudent

Where do you draw the line. SpaceX are talking about V2 and V3, does that mean they should wait even though V1 can still produce valid results ?

As for NASA, they have given up on 2025 or even 2026 for Artimes 3. I honestly won't be shocked if the delay landing to 2028 and Artimes 4.

As Broadcom nukes VMware's channel, the big winner is set to be Nutanix


KVM as the hypervisor is fine but you will need management tools and security hardening for on prem enterprise hosting.


I'm pretty sure that anybody who has been in the industry more than 5 minutes knew this was going to happen based on Broadcoms previous track record. Even before the aquisition, the change to core based licensing pushed costs up but as soon as there was whispers of Broadcom being in the running we knew the writing was on the wall for VMWare. As we have been banging on to our developers and vendors for the last 5 years, the future is CaaS and the hosting solution was never going to be Tanzu.

Its a shame, they have some solid products and there is nothing else that has management tools and 3rd party support that scale for enterprise hosting. Nutanix is OK for SMB but falls shorts when scaled up.

John Deere tractors get connectivity boost with Starlink deal


Re: Starlink subsidy

SpaceX have stated that with the laser links they have global coverage. They looking at more ground stations to reduce latacy and improve bandwidth.

Adios, dead zones: Starlink relays SMS in space for unmodified phones on Earth


SpaceX guy at the astro awards said they plan on having complete coverage by the end of this year, I assume he meant that mainland US will have 24x7 coverage not global.

Broadcom ditches VMware Cloud Service Providers


Re: The End

The management is not even close what VMWare and shed load of 3rd parties offer. But upcoming pricing changes and broadcoms past history is a big incentive to get off VMWare. TBH, this is a good stick to beat your users to move to CaaS and get off Windows (mainly) and Linux.

Another airline finds loose bolts in Boeing 737-9 during post-blowout fleet inspections


Re: Loctite

Never mind how much of a hit the FAA reputation is taking

Hubble Space Telescope is back in the game after NASA fixes gyro glitch


Re: Jared wants to help

Think the plan for the second mission is to test out EVA. Then work with NASA for a.repair on the next mission. Boosting orbit should be pretty easy. Replacing the gyroscopics will be difficult. There aren't any handholds and they don't have an arm to help them on EVA.

Digital memories are disappearing and not even AI or Google can help


Re: Preserve the meaning of our personal past

"Do we really need to ?"

Having put together a photo & video montage for 2 funerals this year and assisting a family member with somebody who has dementia I can say with absolute certainty do not delete anything. What may seem pointless right now can be super useful in the future for your own consumption if not for general public.

Musk tells advertisers to 'go f**k' themselves as $44B X gamble spirals into chaos


I thought that already been established by Musk himself ?

Hubble science instruments still out after going down 3 times in a week


Issacman is looking at this as part of Polaris missions. NASA had signed off on a feasibility study last year but not heard of any updates since.

First flight is due in first half of 2024 and they are planning a EVA so will see how feasible a service mission from a dragon capsule would be. Boosting the orbit shouldn't be an issue, NASA installed a mating ring on the last shuttle service to make that easier. The lack of a robotic arm apparently is a major issue for changing the gyros as there aren't any handgrips on Hubble.

BTW, this would be all be paid for Issacman and potentially SpaceX and any 3rd parties as companies such as Axiom who may be able to assist.

Elon Musk's ambitions for Starship soar high while reality waits on launchpad


Beem many years ago that lunar lander variant has landing legs. They will need to ensure that it lands somewhere relativily flat. Be interesting to see if landing engines will be at the top to avoid kicking up debris or at the bottom.

Virgin Galactic sends oldest-ever Brit and first mother-daughter duo into space-ish


Branson made most of his money of VG when sold off $1.4bn of shares just before their value tanked after that f**ked up first flight. I don't think he actually owned much of VG these days.

UK government hands CityFibre £318M for rural broadband builds


Re: Keep some of the money back for 'repairs'.

While everyone is having a go at City Fibre's contractors they are most likely the same people that do OR and VM installs.

Intelsat and SES merger to create $10B satellite giant is off


With SpaceX valued at around $150bn and Starlink making up half of that value should be interesting if Starlink is spun off this year as Musk has implied.